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Volkswagen Releases the Golf GTI Edition 30

October 31, 2006 Leave a comment
To celebrate the 30th production anniversary of Volkswagen’s popular Golf GTI hatchback next year, Volkswagen recently announced that they would be offering a production version of the Golf GTI Edition 30 based on the concept car unveiled early this year.

Golf GTI Edition 30
The Golf GTI Edition 30 gets new features including body-colored side skirts, chin spoiler, unique front and rear bumpers, tinted taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, small GTI badge on the exterior, new sports buckets with leather trim, and “Edition 30″ labels across the interior. Under the hood comes an upgraded 2.0-liter TFSI engine, now delivering 230 horsepower. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or Volkswagen’s sequential DSG transmission to complete the powertrain package. Volkswagen also improved the performance of the Golf GTI Edition 30, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds with top speed of 150 mph on a full throttle.

Unfortunately, US car fans has a very little chance to grab this vehicle because Volkswagen will roll out the Golf GTI Edition 30 in European markets early next year with only 1,500 units. Try getting quality auto parts like Volkswagen parts or Audi parts from Auto Parts Corner instead.

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Infiniti Announces MSRP for the 2007 QX56 SUV

October 27, 2006 Leave a comment
2007 Infiniti QX56
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division in the US has recently announced the details and pricing specifications of the all-new 2007 QX56 sport utility vehicle that will be available in Infiniti dealerships across the US.

The QX56 comes in two available model trims – two-wheel and four-wheel drive models. Both models are equipped with standard powertrain features, which include the 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine that delivers 320 horsepower and 393 pound-feet of peak torque, mated to 5-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features of the 2007 Infiniti QX56 include Sojourner leather-appointed seating, Infiniti Navigation System, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, power-operated tailgate, and an independent rear suspension (IRS) with load leveling. The 2007 Infiniti QX56 also gets xenon headlamps and LED taillight treatment, and a Bose premium audio system.

The 2007 Infiniti QX56 will roll out in Infiniti retailers in the US carrying a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $49,950 for the 2WD model and $53,050 for the Infiniti QX56 4WD model. Other special packages are also available including Tow Package for the QX56 2WD model, 2nd Row Split Bench Seat, Intelligent Cruise Control, Sunroof, XM or Sirius Satellite Radio, and DVD Mobile Entertainment System.

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Aston Martin Reveals Two New Models

October 25, 2006 Leave a comment
While looking for quality Ford parts at Auto Parts Corner, I got interested in reading this report from WorldCarFans.com regarding Ford’s Aston Martin division.

2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
The report said Aston Martin has recently introduced and made a public sneak preview of two of their newest vehicle models. The company released the 2008 models of the DBS and V8 Vantage roadster at an exclusive event held early this week. First off is the Aston Martin DBS, which will be the next supercar for Agent 007. The DBS will be featured in the latest Bond film, Casino Royale that will hit cinemas worldwide this November. The 2008 DBS displayed in the show has special spy gadgets and switch buttons but unfortunately, these features won’t be available in the production model in late 2007.

2008 Aston Martin DBS
Meanwhile, the popular V8 Vantage gets its refinement when Aston Martin unveiled the 2008 model of the vehicle. The 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage now features a multi-layered soft top with lustrous exterior styling. Although the company did not released any technical specification for the vehicle, rumors said it will used the same powertrain features like the early V8 Vantage including 380-horsepower V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission to power the rear wheels.

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Ford Taurus bows out after 21 years on the road

October 21, 2006 Leave a comment
Ford Taurus
Sometime next week, the last Ford Taurus will roll off an assembly line at a Ford plant near Atlanta, The Associated Press reported.

After 21 years and sales of nearly 7 million cars, the Taurus – which some call the most influential automobile since Henry Ford’s Model T, is bowing out in what seems to be a long, slow and painful death.

The Taurus became the best-selling car in America in 1992 with sales of nearly 410,000, unseating the Honda Accord. It held the top spot for five straight years until it was supplanted by the Toyota Camry in 1997. Even near death in September, it remained Ford’s top-selling car, the AP noted.

Critics blame the demise of the Taurus on the automaker’s decision to abandon development of the car in favor of SUVs in the mid-1990s.

Ford also sold another 2 million Mercury Sables, the Taurus’ nearly identical twin.

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Audi Introduces the New TT Roadster

October 20, 2006 Leave a comment
TT Roadster
Audi has finally released the full details and pricing specs of the new TT Roadster that will roll out in dealerships in spring 2007. Two model trims and engine types are available – a 3.2-litre V6 engine that produces 250 base horsepower mated to Audi’s patented Quattro drive system as a standard powertrain component, and the 2.0 TFSI turbocharged engine with petrol direct injection technology delivering 200 horsepower to the front wheels. Both models comes with and optional innovative S-tronic dual-clutch transmission or a standard six-speed manual transmission.

The new TT Roadster is built from the Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology that features body structure with lightweight design. Other exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, sharply tapered headlights, large tailpipes and wide diffuser, tube-shaped reflectors inside the taillights, and the soft top. On the interior, safety is one significant factor. Key interior and safety features of the Audi TT Roadster include leather and Alcantara sports seats, DVD-based navigation systems, leather sports steering with flat-bottom rim, head and thorax side airbags, two-stage full-size airbags and restraint systems.

The Audi TT Roadster will roll out in German markets in spring 2007 carrying a base price of 33,800 Euros ($ USD) for the 2.0 TFSI model, and 43,800 Euros for the TT Roadster model with 3.2 Quattro. We hope to see this in dealer showrooms in the US someday. Meanwhile, the best quality Audi parts are found in Auto Parts Corner.

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Toyota to Launch EVS-22 Event in Japan

October 18, 2006 Leave a comment
EVS-22
Four subsidiaries of Toyota Group of Companies is preparing for the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS-22) that will take place in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan on October 23 to 28.

In EVS-22, the four companies including Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Auto Body Co. Ltd., Hino Motors Ltd., and Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. will display their newest products, concept models, and development using electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle technology. Toyota said “EVS-22 is one of the world’s largest gatherings of its kind”.

Here is exhibit outline or the sneak peak on what to expect at this years EVS-22:

Toyota Motor Corporation
– GS450h cut-away display
– Fine-X fuel cell hybrid vehicle
– FCHV-BUS cut-away display
– High-pressure hydrogen storage alloy tank and 70MPa high-pressure tank for fuel cell vehicles

Toyota Auto Body
– COMS (production electric-vehicle model with sealed lead acid battery)
– Two COMS-based concept models (one with a lithium battery and the other with a fuel cell)

Hino Motors
– Hino Dutro Hybrid truck (production model)

Daihatsu Motor
– HIJET CARGO Hybrid (production model) and hybrid unit
– Tanto FCHV (concept fuel-cell-hybrid-vehicle model shown at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in 2005)
– Copen EV (concept model)

Watch out for these concept and production vehicles when they arrive in U.S. showrooms soon. For quality auto parts like Toyota parts for replacement, Auto Parts Deal has a lot to offer.

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Strategic Vision 2006 Total Value Winners

October 13, 2006 Leave a comment
2006 Honda Pilot
Strategic Vision, a research-based consultancy for consumers already released the list of the winners of the 2006 Total Value Awards. To determine the winners, Strategic Vision conducted a survey asking more than 64,000 new vehicle buyers after 90 days of their ownership. The company also asked the consumers some questions about their ownership experience including buying, owning, and driving their new vehicles.

Here are the winners of the Strategic Vision 2006 Total Value Awards along with their respective category;

Small Car — Honda Civic
Small Multi-Function — Scion xB
Medium Car — Kia Optima
Medium Multi-Function — Mazda6 Wagon
Larger Car — Hyundai Azera
Near-Luxury Car — BMW 3-Series
Luxury Car — Lexus LS 430, Acura RL / Audi A8
Luxury Multi-Function — Audi A4 / S4 Avant
Small Specialty (< $25,000) — MINI Cooper
Small Specialty (> $25,000) — Chevrolet Corvette
Mid-Specialty Car — Honda Accord Coupe
Convertible (< $30,000) — MINI Cooper Convertible
Convertible ( > $30,000) — Chevrolet Corvette
Minivan — Kia Sedona
Small SUV — Saturn Vue / Hyundai Tucson
Medium SUV — Nissan Xterra
Medium Crossover — Honda Pilot
Large SUV — Nissan Armada
Near Luxury SUV — Lexus RX 330
Luxury SUV — Mercedes GL-Class
Compact Pickup — Honda Ridgeline
Full-Size Pickup — Nissan Titan
Heavy Duty Pickup — Chevy Silverado 2500/3500

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